‘Fuki-ji’ Buddhist temple ,which stands in Kunisaki Peninsula, Oita Prefecture, is one of the rare wooden buildings of the Heian period remaining in places other than Kyoto.
Kunisaki Peninsula, where ‘Fuki-ji’ stands, was flourishing as a place of Buddhist culture, having had something to do with nearby ‘Usa-jingu’ Shinto shrine built in the 8th century.
Kunisaki Peninsula, where ‘Fuki-ji’ stands, was flourishing as a place of Buddhist culture, having had something to do with nearby ‘Usa-jingu’ Shinto shrine built in the 8th century. Trainee monks of Mountain religion, that is Japan’s native animism, regarded this peninsula as a holy ground in ancient times.
After that, these structures related to animism began to transform into Buddhist temples in the 8th to 12th century and sixty-five temples were finally built here.
‘Fuki-ji’ is one of the largest temples in this district, well preserving a character typical of temple building in those days.
‘Nio-mon’ gate, as shown in the first picture, stands with a pair of ‘nio’ guardian gods. The second picture shows ‘amida-do’,also called ‘o-do’, which is the oldest existing wooden structure in Kyushu and is a national treasure. An old ‘amida-nyorai’ seated figure of Buddha is enshrined in this building, surrounded by a wall painting of Paradise. These are designated as important cultural assets.
By Masahisa Takaki.
2395 Tashibufuki, Bungotakada, Oita Prefecture, Japan
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